Police, Pharmacies Across Ontario Collect Leftover Medications
TORONTO, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Police across Ontario collected more than
1,542 kilograms (3,400 pounds) of unused and expired prescription
medications on May 11 during a province-wide prescription drop-off day.
Under the leadership of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
(OACP), a province-wide Prescription Drug Drop Off Day was held in dozens of community-accessible locations on Saturday, May
11. Although tabulations are still being finalized, the OACP is
congratulating police, pharmacists, health care workers, and members of
the public for coming together to keep medications from being illegally
distributed or entering the eco-system. There were over 1,500 visits to
the 104 collection sites province wide.
"Working with key community stakeholders, including pharmacists, and
public health officials, it just goes to show you what police continue
to do to keep our communities safe and preserve the environment," said Chief Steve Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service and President of
the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Prescription Drug Drop-off Day was proudly supported by the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police, the Government of Ontario, Ontario
Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police,
Health Canada, and Public Safety Canada.
Ontarians are reminded that they can return any unwanted or outdated
prescription medications back to their local pharmacy for safe and
secure disposal at any time.
The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other
prescribed medication without a prescription. It is a criminal offence
to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing
another person's prescribed drugs is also illegal. Prescription drug
misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.
Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such
as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants. Recent studies
indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription
medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens
took the medication from their family home.
Prescription drug drop off locations:
Participating Municipal Police Service and Locations
Participating Ontario Provincial Police Detachments
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
For further information:
Director of Government Relations & Communications
T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22
C. (416) 919-9798